Things That Are Precious

Several years ago in Bible College, I was shown this outline in the Scriptures. Brother Jim Jarvis shared this with us during our lunch break. It so blessed my heart that I quickly wrote the points down and later developed it into what you see below. As I have preached it in many places, God has never ceased to bless it. May it help you today…

Title: “Things That Are Precious!”

Topical Message


Introduction:

•    The word precious means – of great value or price, costly; held in high esteem; something that is greatly loved or dear to us.
•    There are many things which should be precious to you – memories, friends, family, church, etc.

Proposition: There are four things I want to share tonight from the Bible that should be precious to you and I as it was to Peter!

I.    Precious Trial Of Our Faith! Verse 7

(1 Peter 1:3-91 Peter 1:3-9
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3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, abundant: Gr. much 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, for you: or, for us 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.  

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) “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”  (KJV)

A.    God refines us like gold!

(Job 23:8-10Job 23:8-10
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8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: 9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: 10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. that...: Heb. that is with me  

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) “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”  (KJV)

B.    The Holy Spirit conforms us to the image of Christ!

(Romans 8:28-29Romans 8:28-29
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28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  

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) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”  (KJV)

C.    God molds us like clay! Jeremiah chapters 18 & 19

Someone said, “faith that cannot be tried cannot be trusted!”

II.    Precious Blood Of Jesus!

(1 Peter 1:18-191 Peter 1:18-19
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18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  

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) “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:”  (KJV)

A.    The blood purchased us! – Illustration – proof of purchase


(Acts 20:28Acts 20:28
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28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.  

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) “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”  (KJV)

B.    The blood draws us!

(Ephesians 2:13Ephesians 2:13
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13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.  

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) “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”  (KJV)

C.    The blood justifies us!

(Romans 5:9Romans 5:9
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9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  

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) “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”  (KJV)

III.    Precious Jesus!

(1 Peter 2:6-81 Peter 2:6-8
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6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, precious: or, an honour 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.  

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) “Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.”  (KJV)

A.    Jesus loves us like a father!

(1 John 3:1-21 John 3:1-2
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3 1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  

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) “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”  (KJV)

B.    Jesus loosed us like a Saviour!

(Hebrews 7:25Hebrews 7:25
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25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. to the...: or, evermore  

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) “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”  (KJV)

C.    Jesus lifts us up like a High Priest!

(Hebrews 7:25Hebrews 7:25
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25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. to the...: or, evermore  

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) “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”  (KJV)

D.    Jesus leads us like a shepherd!

(Psalms 23:1-6Psalms 23:1-6
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23 A Psalm of David. 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. green...: Heb. pastures of tender grass still...: Heb. waters of quietness 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. anointest: Heb. makest fat 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. for ever: Heb. to length of days  

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) <> “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”  (KJV)



IV.    Precious Promises!

(2 Peter 1:42 Peter 1:4
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4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  

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) “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”  (KJV)

A.    Promise of eternal life!

(Romans 10:13Romans 10:13
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13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  

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) “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”  (KJV)

B.    Promise of home in Heaven!

(John 14:1-2John 14:1-2
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14 1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  

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) “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”  (KJV)

C.    Promise of an abiding friend!

(Proverbs 18:24Proverbs 18:24
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24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  

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) “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”  (KJV)

D.    Promise of second coming!


(John 14:3John 14:3
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3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  

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) “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”  (KJV)

(1 Thessalonians 4:13-181 Thessalonians 4:13-18
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13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. prevent: or, come before, or, anticipate, or, precede 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. comfort: or, exhort  

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) “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”  (KJV)

Conclusion:

To The Sinner:

•    Repent and believe the gospel!

To The Christian:

•    Are these things precious to you?

Originally posted 2010-10-05 14:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A Pastoral Thanksgiving Acrostic

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Anticipating Thanksgiving Day 2010, I was pondering the character traits, and personal responsibilities of pastoral leadership. It is good to meditate upon this from time to time; especially if you want to grow as a spiritual leader. While in the midst of this deep thought process, I was also pondering the need of being thankful for sound pastoral leadership. The utmost care must be taken when doing something like this… lol! You never know what you might get when entering the “ACROSTIC ZONE“!

Listed below is an acrostic of sorts. Taking the phrase “Happy Thanksgiving“, I made a reminder, of what a pastor should be, using this common holiday greeting. I hope it encourages you!

A Pastor Must Be…

Holy in character
Applied in study
Penitent in nature
Prepared to pursue godly endeavors
Yielded in every facet

Trustworthy
Humble before God and others
Able bodied for service
Nurturing all in their sphere of influence
Kind to everyone, including enemies
Serving from the heart
Grateful to be able to serve God
Interceding as a prayer warrior
Vigilant in the performance of every duty
Inviting or hospitable in nature
Non – compromising in convictions and beliefs
Gospel centered in focus

Conclusion

Does this acrostic describe you? I hope that it emphasizes some of your character traits and work ethic! 

Share your Happy Thanksgiving acrostic!!!

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504397: The Plight of Man and the Power of God The Plight of Man and the Power of God

By Martyn Lloyd-Jones / Christian Heritage

Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ preaching always had an emphasis on the desperate plight of man and the power of God to save. His preaching was crystal clear on the sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners, a concept that does not sit comfortably in our day of pragmatism, programmes and self-help books. Nevertheless it remains at the core of what the world needs to hear. Based on Romans 1, this wonderful book will help you understand what the gospel is. When we live in a world that is spiralling out of control we will want to hear this message again and again.

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Originally posted 2010-11-25 00:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

God Is Real

This outline reminds us that God is real. Furthermore, if He is indeed real, then there are significant ramifications. To those who are saved, we must live in light of it’s truth. For the sinner, Hell is waiting if they do not repent and place their faith in God’s Christ.

Title: “God Is Real!”

Text: Deuteronomy 4:35Deuteronomy 4:35
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35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.  

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(Deuteronomy 4:33-40Deuteronomy 4:33-40
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33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? 34 Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. 36 Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire. 37 And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt; 38 To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day. 39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. 40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.  

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) “Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live? Or hath God assayed to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by temptations, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire. And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt; To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day. Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else. Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.”  (KJV)


Introduction:

•    The book of Deuteronomy consists of the parting counsels of Moses delivered to Israel in view of their impending entrance upon their covenanted possession. (Scofield’s Notes)
•    In our verses we find the great leader, Moses, instructing the new generation of Israelites that had grown up in the years of wandering.
•    He reminds them of the reality of God in their lives!
•    Many times we hear truths and just implore them as beliefs and yet somehow only understand them as abstract and not really tangible!
•    The Bible is not a history book that gives info from ashes, but is a book alive and real because it is a living book!

(Hebrews 4:12Hebrews 4:12
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12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  

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) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”  (KJV)

•    The Bible, from the very first verse, makes it plain that God is real!
•    Many live their lives as if God is just a myth like the great nations of the past embraced!
•    We say that we believe He is real as Christians but we do not exhibit any proof of that in our lives many times!
•    Consider the following about God:

- God is a spirit – John 4:24John 4:24
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24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  

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; 2 Corinthians 3:172 Corinthians 3:17
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17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  

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- GOD IS DECLARED TO BE
    • Light – Isaiah 60:19Isaiah 60:19
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19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.  

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; James 1:17James 1:17
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17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  

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; 1 John 1:51 John 1:5
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5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  

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    • Love – 1 John 4:8,161 John 4:8,16
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8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  

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    • Invisible – Job 23:8,9Job 23:8,9
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8 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: 9 On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:  

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; John 1:18; 5:37John 1:18; 5:37
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18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. 37 And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.  

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; Colossians 1:15; 1Colossians 1:15; 1
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15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians 1 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, 5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: his...: Gr. the Son of his love 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. in...: or, among all 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. having...: or, making 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in...: or, by your mind in 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: 25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; to fulfil...: or, fully to preach the word 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: in: or, among 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.  

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Timothy 1:17
    • Unsearchable – Job 11:7; 37:23Job 11:7; 37:23
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7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? 23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.  

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; Psalms 145:3Psalms 145:3
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3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. and his...: Heb. and of his greatness there is no search  

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; Isaiah 40:28Isaiah 40:28
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28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.  

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; Romans 11:33Romans 11:33
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33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  

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    • Incorruptible – Romans 1:23Romans 1:23
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23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  

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    • Eternal – Deuteronomy 33:27Deuteronomy 33:27
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27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.  

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; Psalms 90:2Psalms 90:2
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2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.  

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; Revelation 4:8-10Revelation 4:8-10
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8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. rest...: Gr. have no rest 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,  

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    • Immortal – 1 Timothy 1:17; 6:161 Timothy 1:17; 6:16
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17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.  

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    • Omnipotent – Genesis 17:1Genesis 17:1
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17 1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. perfect: or, upright, or, sincere  

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; Exodus 6:3Exodus 6:3
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3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.  

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    • Omniscient – Psalms 139:1-6Psalms 139:1-6
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139 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. 1 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. compassest: or, winnowest 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.  

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; Proverbs 5:21Proverbs 5:21
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21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.  

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    • Omnipresent – Psalms 139:7Psalms 139:7
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7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  

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; Jeremiah 23:23Jeremiah 23:23
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23 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?  

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    • Immutable – Psalms 102:26,27Psalms 102:26,27
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26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: endure: Heb. stand 27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.  

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; James 1:17James 1:17
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17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  

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    • Only-wise – Romans 16:27Romans 16:27
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27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe servant of the church at Cenchrea.  

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; 1 Timothy 1:171 Timothy 1:17
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17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.  

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    • Glorious – Exodus 15:11Exodus 15:11
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11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? gods: or, mighty ones?  

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; Psalms 145:5Psalms 145:5
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5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. works: Heb. things, or, words  

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    • Most High – Psalm 83:18Psalm 83:18
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18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.  

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; Acts 7:48Acts 7:48
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48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,  

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    • Perfect – Matthew 5:48Matthew 5:48
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48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.  

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    • Holy – Psalms 99:9Psalms 99:9
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9 Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.  

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; Isaiah 5:16Isaiah 5:16
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16 But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness. God...: or, the holy God: Heb. the God the holy  

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    • Just – Deuteronomy 32:4Deuteronomy 32:4
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4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.  

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; Isaiah 45:21Isaiah 45:21
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21 Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.  

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    • True – Jeremiah 10:10Jeremiah 10:10
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10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. true...: Heb. God of truth everlasting...: Heb. king of eternity  

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; John 17:3John 17:3
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3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  

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    • Upright – Psalms 25:8; 92:15Psalms 25:8; 92:15
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8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. 15 To shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.  

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    • Righteous – Ezra 9:15Ezra 9:15
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15 O LORD God of Israel, thou art righteous: for we remain yet escaped, as it is this day: behold, we are before thee in our trespasses: for we cannot stand before thee because of this.  

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; Psalms 145:17Psalms 145:17
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17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. holy: or, merciful, or, bountiful  

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    • Good – Psalms 25:8; 119:68Psalms 25:8; 119:68
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8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. 68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.  

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    • Great – 2 Chronicles 2:52 Chronicles 2:5
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5 And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.  

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; Psalms 86:10Psalms 86:10
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10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.  

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    • Gracious – Exodus 34:6Exodus 34:6
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6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  

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; Psalms 116:5Psalms 116:5
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5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.  

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    • Faithful – 1 Corinthians 10:13; 11 Corinthians 10:13; 1
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13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. common...: or, moderate The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians 1 1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; 5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: 7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: coming: Gr. revelation 8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. divisions: Gr. schisms 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. words: or, speech 18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.  

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    • Merciful – Exodus 34:6Exodus 34:6
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6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  

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5 For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.  

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    • Long-suffering – Numbers 14:18Numbers 14:18
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18 The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.  

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; Micah 7:1Micah 7:1
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7 1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit. when...: Heb. the gatherings of summer  

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    • Jealous – Joshua 24:19Joshua 24:19
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19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.  

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; Nahum 1:2Nahum 1:2
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2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. God...: or, The LORD is a jealous God, and a revenger, etc is furious: Heb. that hath fury  

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    • Compassionate – 2 Kings 13:232 Kings 13:23
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23 And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet. presence: Heb. face  

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    • A consuming fire – Hebrew 12:29
- None beside him – Deuteronomy 4:35Deuteronomy 4:35
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35 Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him.  

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; Isaiah 44:6Isaiah 44:6
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6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.  

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- None before him – Isaiah 43:10Isaiah 43:10
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10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. no...: or, nothing formed of God  

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- None like to him – Exodus 9:14Exodus 9:14
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14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.  

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; Deuteronomy 33:26; 2Deuteronomy 33:26; 2
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26 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. 2 1 Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the LORD spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days. 2 And the LORD spake unto me, saying, 3 Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward. 4 And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore: 5 Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession. no...: Heb. even to the treading of the sole of the foot 6 Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also buy water of them for money, that ye may drink. 7 For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing. 8 And when we passed by from our brethren the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, through the way of the plain from Elath, and from Eziongaber, we turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Moab. 9 And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession. Distress...: or, Use no hostility against Moab 10 The Emims dwelt therein in times past, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; 11 Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites call them Emims. 12 The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the LORD gave unto them. succeeded: Heb. inherited stead: or, room 13 Now rise up, said I, and get you over the brook Zered. And we went over the brook Zered. brook: or, valley 14 And the space in which we came from Kadeshbarnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the LORD sware unto them. brook: or, valley 15 For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from among the host, until they were consumed. 16 So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people, 17 That the LORD spake unto me, saying, 18 Thou art to pass over through Ar, the coast of Moab, this day: 19 And when thou comest nigh over against the children of Ammon, distress them not, nor meddle with them: for I will not give thee of the land of the children of Ammon any possession; because I have given it unto the children of Lot for a possession. 20 (That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; Zamzummims: also called, Zuzims 21 A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead: 22 As he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day: 23 And the Avims which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto Azzah, the Caphtorims, which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.) 24 Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon: behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land: begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. begin...: Heb. begin, possess 25 This day will I begin to put the dread of thee and the fear of thee upon the nations that are under the whole heaven, who shall hear report of thee, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of thee. 26 And I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemoth unto Sihon king of Heshbon with words of peace, saying, 27 Let me pass through thy land: I will go along by the high way, I will neither turn unto the right hand nor to the left. 28 Thou shalt sell me meat for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink: only I will pass through on my feet; 29 until I shall pass over Jordan into the land which the LORD our God giveth us. 30 But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him: for the LORD thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into thy hand, as appeareth this day. 31 And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land before thee: begin to possess, that thou mayest inherit his land. 32 Then Sihon came out against us, he and all his people, to fight at Jahaz. 33 And the LORD our God delivered him before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. 34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain: the men...: Heb. every city of men, and women, and little ones 35 Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took. 36 From Aroer, which is by the brink of the river of Arnon, and from the city that is by the river, even unto Gilead, there was not one city too strong for us: the LORD our God delivered all unto us: 37 Only unto the land of the children of Ammon thou camest not, nor unto any place of the river Jabbok, nor unto the cities in the mountains, nor unto whatsoever the LORD our God forbad us.  

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Samuel 7:22; Isaiah 46:5,9Isaiah 46:5,9
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5 To whom will ye liken me, and make me equal, and compare me, that we may be like? 9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,  

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; Jeremiah 10:6Jeremiah 10:6
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6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.  

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- None good but God – Matthew 19:17Matthew 19:17
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17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.  

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- God Fills heaven and earth – 1 Kings 8:271 Kings 8:27
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27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?  

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; Jeremiah 23:24Jeremiah 23:24
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24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.  

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- God Should be worshiped in spirit and in truth – John 4:24John 4:24
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24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.  

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(Isaiah 44:6Isaiah 44:6
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6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.  

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(Isaiah 43:10Isaiah 43:10
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10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. no...: or, nothing formed of God  

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) “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.”  (KJV)

(Exodus 9:14Exodus 9:14
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14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.  

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(Deuteronomy 33:26Deuteronomy 33:26
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26 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky.  

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(2 Samuel 7:222 Samuel 7:22
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22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.  

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(Isaiah 46:9Isaiah 46:9
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9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,  

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(Jeremiah 10:6Jeremiah 10:6
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6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.  

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•    Since God is real, then:

o    Christians need to be Christians!
o    People need to be preached to!
o    Sin must be seen as exceeding sinful!
o    Sinners need to be saved!

Proposition: Understanding that God is real there are four simple truths we must remember this morning!

I.    If God Is Real Then Prayer Takes On New Meaning!

A.    We pray because the God of Heaven has put it in our hearts to cry unto Him for help!

B.    Even a pagan will cry out for help when he is desperate!

C.    The child of God has the grand opportunity to engage in solemn and sweet communion with the God of the universe!

D.    People say God is not real, but I say if that is so, then who is answering my prayers?

II.    If God Is Real Then Heaven Is A Real Place!

A.    Everybody wants to believe in a “heaven”, but not all can lay claim on that majestic place!

B.    Some say that heaven is only had here on earth, but that is not really a reasonable hypothesis!

C.    Heaven is described in the Bible in a way that is much more grand!

D.    Consider what R.A. Torrey compiled about Heaven:

- Heaven was created by God – Genesis 1:1Genesis 1:1
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The First Book of Moses, Called Genesis 1 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  

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; Revelation 10:6Revelation 10:6
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6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:  

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- Everlasting – Psalms 89:29Psalms 89:29
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29 His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven.  

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; 2 Corinthians 5:12 Corinthians 5:1
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5 1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  

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- Immeasurable – Jeremiah 31:37Jeremiah 31:37
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37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.  

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- High – Psalms 103:11Psalms 103:11
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11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. as...: Heb. according to the height of the heaven  

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; Isaiah 57:15Isaiah 57:15
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15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  

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- Holy – Deuteronomy 26:15Deuteronomy 26:15
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15 Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.  

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; Psalms 20:6Psalms 20:6
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6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. his holy...: Heb. the heaven of his holiness with...: Heb. by the strength of the salvation of  

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; Isaiah 57:15Isaiah 57:15
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15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  

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- God’s dwelling-place – 1 Kings 8:301 Kings 8:30
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30 And hearken thou to the supplication of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, when they shall pray toward this place: and hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place: and when thou hearest, forgive. toward this place: or, in this place  

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; Matthew 6:9Matthew 6:9
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9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  

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- God’s throne – Isaiah 66:1Isaiah 66:1
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66 1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?  

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; Acts 7:49Acts 7:49
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49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?  

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- GOD
    • Is the Lord of Heaven – Daniel 5:23Daniel 5:23
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23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:  

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; Matthew 11:25Matthew 11:25
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25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.  

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    • Reigns in Heaven – Psalms 11:4; 135:6Psalms 11:4; 135:6
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4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD'S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. 6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.  

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; Daniel 4:35Daniel 4:35
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35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?  

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    • Fills Heaven – 1 Kings 8:271 Kings 8:27
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27 But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?  

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; Jeremiah 23:24Jeremiah 23:24
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24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.  

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    • Answers his people from Heaven – 1 Chronicles 21:261 Chronicles 21:26
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26 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.  

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; 2 Chronicles 7:142 Chronicles 7:14
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14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. which...: Heb. upon whom my name is called  

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; Nehemiah 9:27Nehemiah 9:27
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27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.  

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; Psalms 20:6Psalms 20:6
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6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand. his holy...: Heb. the heaven of his holiness with...: Heb. by the strength of the salvation of  

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    • Sends his judgments from Heaven – Genesis 19:24Genesis 19:24
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24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;  

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; 1 Samuel 2:101 Samuel 2:10
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10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.  

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; Daniel 4:13,14Daniel 4:13,14
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13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven; 14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches: aloud: Chaldee with might  

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; Romans 1:18Romans 1:18
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18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  

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- CHRIST
    • As Mediator, entered into Heaven – Acts 3:21Acts 3:21
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21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.  

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; Hebrews 6:20; 9:12,24Hebrews 6:20; 9:12,24
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20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  

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    • Is all-powerful in Heaven – Matthew 28:18Matthew 28:18
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18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  

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; 1 Peter 3:221 Peter 3:22
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22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.  

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- Angels are in Heaven – Matthew 18:10; 24:36Matthew 18:10; 24:36
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10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  

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- Names of saints are written Heaven – Luke 10:20Luke 10:20
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20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.  

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; Hebrews 12:23Hebrews 12:23
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23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, written: or, enrolled  

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- Saints rewarded in Heaven – Matthew 5:12Matthew 5:12
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12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.  

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; 1 Peter 1:41 Peter 1:4
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4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, for you: or, for us  

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- Repentance occasions joy in Heaven – Luke 15:7Luke 15:7
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7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.  

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- Lay up treasure in Heaven – Matthew 6:20Matthew 6:20
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20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  

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; Luke 12:33Luke 12:33
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33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.  

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- Flesh and blood cannot inherit Heaven – 1 Corinthians 15:501 Corinthians 15:50
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50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.  

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- Happiness of Heaven described – Revelation 7:16,17Revelation 7:16,17
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16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.  

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- HEAVEN IS CALLED
    • A garner – Matthew 3:12Matthew 3:12
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12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.  

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    • The kingdom of Christ and of God – Ephesians 5:5Ephesians 5:5
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5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  

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    • The Father’s house – John 14:2John 14:2
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2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  

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    • A heavenly country – Hebrews 11:16Hebrews 11:16
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16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.  

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    • A rest – Hebrews 4:9Hebrews 4:9
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9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. rest: or, keeping of a sabbath  

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    • Paradise – 2 Corinthians 12:2,42 Corinthians 12:2,4
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2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, such an one caught up to the third heaven. 4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. lawful: or, possible  

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- The wicked excluded from Heaven – Galatians 5:21Galatians 5:21
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21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  

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; Ephesians 5:5Ephesians 5:5
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5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  

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; Revelation 22:15Revelation 22:15
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15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.  

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- Enoch and Elijah were translated into Heaven – Genesis 5:24Genesis 5:24
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24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.  

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; Hebrews 11:5; 2Hebrews 11:5; 2
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5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 2 1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. let...: Gr. run out as leaking vessels 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? gifts: or, distributions 5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. 6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: lower...: or, while inferior to 8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. for the: or, by the 10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. 13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. took not...: Gr. taketh not hold of angels, but of the seed of Abraham he taketh hold 17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.  

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E.    Heaven will be gained by the child of God as sure as the turning of the earth!

F.    God is real and Heaven is the place that He has chosen to call home!


III.    If God Is Real Then Hell Is A Reality!

A.    If God is real, then Heaven is real; and if there is a Heaven, then there is a Hell!

B.    Hell is not a place that anyone would want to go to!

C.    The Bible has a lot to say about Hell!

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Everlasting punishment – Matthew 25:46Matthew 25:46
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46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.  

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    • Everlasting fire – Matthew 25:41Matthew 25:41
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41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:  

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    • Everlasting burnings – Isaiah 33:14Isaiah 33:14
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14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?  

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    • A furnace of fire – Matthew 13:42,50Matthew 13:42,50
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42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  

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    • A lake of fire – Revelation 20:15Revelation 20:15
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15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  

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    • Fire and brimstone – Revelation 14:10Revelation 14:10
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10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:  

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    • Unquenchable fire – Matthew 3:12Matthew 3:12
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12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.  

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    • Devouring fire – Isaiah 33:14Isaiah 33:14
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14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?  

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D.    Nobody has to go there, but all that reject Christ will be there as sure as I am preaching to you guys!

E.    God is real and Hell is real! Everyone who has a brain between there ears knows that I am telling the truth!

IV.    If God Is Real Then Man Must Repent And Be Saved!

A.    If God was not real then lets go and live it up!

B.    But if God IS real then this is serious business!

C.    Sin has separated man from God since the Garden of Eden!

D.    Man must turn from his sin and be saved by the grace of God if he is to shun Hell and gain Heaven!

E.    The Devil tries to lull many to sleep and gloss over the reality of God!


Conclusion:

•    God is real and we must remember that!
•    Sinner be saved!

Originally posted 2010-09-20 14:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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